Friday, August 28, 2009

Mini Oreo Cheescakes

Cookies and Cream Mini Cheesecakes from
As soon as I saw this recipe from The Busty Baker (Originally from Martha Stewart Cupcakes) I knew I had to make them for my mom's birthday! She loved them! Well at least she said she did, and that's good enough for me! My brother ate the most of them though.

42 Oreos or other cream filled chocolate sandwich cookies

(30 left whole and 12 coarsely chopped)

2 pounds cream cheese (room temperature)

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

4 large eggs room temperature (lightly beaten)

1 cup sour cream

Pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 275F. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners, or if you use aluminum foil liners (like I did), you dont need muffin tins. Place 1 whole cookie in the bottom of each lined cup.

With an electric mixer, beat cream cheese until smooth, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Gradually add the sugar, and beat until combined. Beat in the vanilla. Dump eggs in gradually, and scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Beat in sour cream and salt. Stir in chopped cookies by hand with a rubber spatula.

Divide batter evenly among cookie filled cups, fill each almost to the top. (You can also sprinkle extra Oreo crumbs on top before baking.) Bake until the the filling is set, this will take approximately 22 minutes. Remember to rotate the cheesecakes halfway through. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Refrigerate (in tins) for at least 4 hours (preferably overnight). Remove from tins just before serving.

Happy Baking!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Chocolate Candy Bar Surprise Cupcakes!

Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Mousse Frosting and a Candy bar Surprise inside!
This is a Fun and Simple Recipe Idea to use for any occasion!

Start by making your favorite Standard Cupcake Recipe, but don't fill up the Cupcake Liners quite as full as you normally do. Once you fill up your cupcake liners, insert a small bite-size candy bar of your choice (I used 3 Musketeers, but you could use Snickers or Milky Way as well). If you can't find the bite-size candy bars, you can cut the Fun-Size bars in half like I did.

I frosted mine with my Special Chocolate Mousse Frosting! (Recipe coming Soon!)
Happy Cupcaking!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Whoopie Pies!

These are SO good!

I made these a few years back, and I recently stumbled upon the recipe and decided to make them again! I did change the filling recipe by not adding as much shortening, but adding more marshmallow cream. They are surprisingly easy to make, and they taste just like Oreo Cakesters! (Even my super picky brother liked them!)

First Come the cookies!
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 cup milk
1 egg
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Beat all of the ingredients together until well mixed, and refrigerate for 1 hour. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees and drop the dough, one Tablespoon at a time onto an gaeased cookie sheet covered in parchment paper. Bake the cookies for 5-10 minutes. While the cookies cool, make the filling.
Creamy, Fluffy, & Gooey Filling!

1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 1/2 cups marshmallow cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 to 6 tablespoons milk

Beat the shortening, sugar, marshmallow cream, vanilla, and 3 tablespoons of the milk together until fluffy. Add more milk if needed. Spoon a generous dollop of filling on half of the cooled cookies, and place another cookie on top to make a sandwich.

Happy Baking!